Today Midna & I would like to tell you about two new products I picked up yesterday…
The first is Good Karma’s flax milk. But first a little back story:
I recently [definitively] realized that I’m a bit allergic to almonds. I had long suspected it, but when I made fresh almond milk a couple of months ago, and my face starting itching and breaking into hives, I finally couldn’t deny it anymore. This solved the mystery of why I had started breaking into hives nearly daily for the last couple of years. That’s about when I switched to almond milk from soy milk. I’d always snacked on almonds, but I guess with the combination of the two, it was a bit too much for my body.
Thomas on the other hand, loves almonds, and has no trouble with them, but gets a skin reaction (mostly on his face) when he eats cashews. (We discovered when I started doing raw food stuff. Not so coincidentally, that’s also when my almond hives began!)
So I switched us back to soymilk last month. I figured, hey, extra protein, right? Well, I’ve also had a big increase in breast tenderness, etc. these last two months and when my co-worker said, “that’s what you said last month!”, I decided that maybe I should try switching out the soymilk. (I’m typing this wearing a sports bra. I don’t often wear sports bras.)
So that’s how I ended up with the flax milk. Thomas wasn’t that gung-ho on the flax milk idea, and grabbed an almond milk for himself, but I’d been wanting to try it anyway, just being budget conscious and avoiding it to save the $0.80.
As it turns out, the flaxmilk is really good! I sort of expected this since I’ve been throwing ground flax seeds in my green smoothies for quite some time. I don’t usually drink non-dairy milk out of a cup, but I did just to try it first. I thought it tasted a whole lot like almond milk, maybe even better. I’ve yet to use it for cooking, but I’m pretty much sold from the 1st sip. 1 cup has 25 calories and 2.5g fat, but 0 protein, but I’m alright with that. (Their website shows that they do make a product with 5g of pea protein added to it, but they didn’t have it at my Whole Foods.) It’s dairy, soy and gluten free. Is coconut considered a tree nut? Thomas said yes. I guess the US FDA says so too.
I’m pretty sure this is going to be my new favorite vegan milk. It works great in cereal, which is our foremost application.
The second product is the So Delicious Greek Style Coconut Milk yogurt. Specifically, at least for today, the blueberry flavor. First I should say, I’ve never had actual dairy greek yogurt, so I can’t really compare it on that level. I have had several vegan soy yogurts in the past, as well as almond yogurt recently (whoops!) and I’ve also had the So Delicious regular coconut milk yogurt, which I thought was tasty, but the consistency was too runny.
This has a really nice texture, which I believe is one of the biggest things with greek style yogurt? It reminded me of the yoplait custard style that I preferred as a kid, which was nice. It was also super tangy! Now, I’m not sure if this is a greek style yogurt thing, or just something about the blueberry, but it’s just a bit too sour. I’m pretty sure I had a few spoonfuls of a tub of the strawberry flavor at VVC this May, and I don’t remember it being that way, but I will keep udating as I try all the flavors I bought.
Anyway, I’m not sure if this yogurt will fall into my favorites category just yet, but I do have a few other flavors to try.
9/6/13 – Okay, this stuff is just on the tangy side. I’m guessing it is a greek yogurt thing. Today I had the Chocolate flavor, and while it wasn’t all out sour, it definitely had tang. I kind of wanted it to taste like chocolate pudding, but nope. It was still enjoyable though, just not exactly what I expected.
9/7/13 – The Raspberry was delicious, not sour at all. Just a normal yogurt amount of tang.
I’ve also decided that blogging at work, on a long lunch break is actually a GREAT idea! I had gotten burned out of spending so much time at home cooking/networking/blogging, and this might be the perfect solution. How do you avoid blog burn out? Midna likes to take lots of breaks…